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Meet Cakes Maestro, Tosan Jemide Who Took Over Weddings In Nigeria

Tosan Jemide is a Nigerian Entrepreneur and Cake Artist. He runs the CBT group comprising of Cakes by Tosan (A Luxury brand for Sugar Craft Master Pieces), Celebrations by Tosan (A Commercial Cake outfit about to Launch), Topcrust Bakery (A Commercial Bakery that provides quality bread for the mass market) and Cupcakes by Tosan.

Tosan Jemide is a master baker known for designing some of Nigeria’s most iconic cakes especially for weddings and birthday celebrations, winning several awards and recognitions.

He studied Sociology in the University of Ibadan and took cake making courses in the UK after discovering his flare for the art. Born in Warri, Delta State, he grew up in different parts of the country at different times while learning how cakes were being made in those different regions.

Tosan got an early exposure to the art from his late mum, who used to bake cakes. As the last of her five boys, he helped when she baked. When his mother passed on in 1983, he decided to take his chance with his wedding cake and it turned to be a good attempt. 

Tosan Jemide explained to ‘Bella Naija’ in an interview that ‘In expressing his creative instinct, he thought of fashion and he actually did toy with a clothing line (T-Shirts basically), but then it occurred to him that he could dare to be unique and different. So, he decided to delve into cakes which was at the time an “awkward” trade for a man.” 

Following this decision, He moved to the UK in the mid 90’s to hone his skills. While in the UK, he attended courses and worked for some of the biggest cake shops for over four years. Armed with the combination of raw talent, passion, desire to blaze the trail and acquired skills, he came back to Nigeria in 2001 to start up Cakes by Tosan.

When Nigerian brides are preparing for their wedding day, they search far and wide, high and low, for one man who can make their wedding cake dreams come true.

Tosan Jemide, the CEO of Cakes by Tosan. Contemporary Nigerian brides know that when they go to him, all their desires of a fairy-tale cake will come to pass. The master baker who has been in the industry for well over twenty years has baked cakes for socialites and celebrities plus brides whose weddings have been featured here on BN.

As a master icing expert and cake decorator, Tosan Jemide is best known for building the iconic “Tallest Cake in Africa,” a 28 feet masterpiece unveiled in 2013 to global recognition and acclaim. 

He has made cakes for many of Nigerian leading elite, while enjoying wide patronage from individuals of all classes. More recently Tosan has taken to bread-making, and is currently the President of the Premium Breadmakers Association of Nigeria (PBAN). He is also the Managing Director of Topcrust Bakeries.

Tosan Jemide believes maintaining his high standards throughout his baking career was through the God factor, unwavering commitment to excellence and continuous learning. He mentioned that he l learns every day, orders study materials from across the world almost on a monthly basis. He also travels a lot and gets inspired by his environment.

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